Celebration for the Investiture of the Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson

Join Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers in celebrating the investiture of the Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson! Justice Jackson is the 116th US Supreme Court justice and the first Black woman to serve on the court. On June 30, 2022, Justice Jackson was sworn in. The official investiture ceremony will be held the morning of September 30 in Washington, D.C.

For this momentous occasion, MABL and TCDIP, in partnership with other bar associations (see below), are co-hosting a celebration from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. CDT on September 30

MABL Statement

We are heartbroken by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization) that overturned 50 years of precedent that made a woman's right to choose a legal right. The right to choice, agency, and decision-making between a pregnant person and their health care provider has been upended. Instead, in some states a woman’s choice is being substituted by state legislatures.

Click here to view MABL's statement.

MABL Statement

We are saddened and mourn the killing of Amir Locke. Amir was a brother, son, friend, and community member whose light was extinguished by multiple gunshot wounds, caused by the Minneapolis Police Department’s decision to execute a no-knock search warrant. His manner of death is homicide.

No more no-knock warrants. Amir Locke and other Minnesotans deserve the right to open their doors.

Click here to view MABL's statement. 

MABL President talks with PBS News Hour

MABL President Frank Aba-Onu joined Judy Woodruff, anchor of the PBS News Hour, to discuss the importance of Minneapolis City Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo's testimony, trauma, and issues regarding social justice in light of the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

Save the Date for MABL's 2022 Scholarship Gala: November 12, 2022
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MABL proudly endorses qualified judicial candidates for appointment.
Qualified judicial candidates may formally apply for MABL endorsement using the process outlined by the Judicial Endorsement Committee. All endorsement requests must be completed by submitting a MABL Judicial Endorsement Application.

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Board of Directors

President:
Dana Mitchell

Immediate Past President:
Uzodima Frank Aba-Onu

Vice President:
Abou Amara, Jr.

Secretary:
Jules Porter

Treasurer:
Amanda Matchett

At-Large Directors:
Sara Jane Baldwin
Kristien Butler
Amanda Harrington
Kevin Lindsey
Toni Ojoyeyi 

 

Featured Members

Toddrick Barnette

Toddrick Barnette

Membership level: Attorney Public Sector

Organization: 4th Judicial District Court

E-Mail:toddrick.barnette@courts.state.mn.us

Judge Toddrick S. Barnette was elected chief judge of Hennepin County District Court in May 2020. His term began on July 1, 2020. He is the first chief judge of color in Minnesota at the State Court Trial Level.

Kassius Benson II

Kassius Benson

Membership level: Attorney Public Sector

Organization: Hennepin County Public Defender

E-Mail: kassius.benson@hennepin.us

In December 2020, the State Board chose Kassius Benson to lead the Hennepin County Public Defender's office, making him the second African American to serve as the Chief Public Defender.

 

Upcoming Events

Minnesota Association City Attorney Happy Hour

Nov 11, 2022 5:30PM—7:30PM

Conservatory/Great Room, Mitchell Hamline

Celebration for the Investiture of the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson

Sep 30, 2022 8:00AM—11:00AM

Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Ramifications of the Dobbs Decision

Sep 30, 2022 12:00PM—1:00PM

Virtual

Mission Statement

The mission of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers is to:
Promote and support the professional development of Black lawyers, judges, and law students in Minnesota; Address the legal issues affecting the Black community in Minnesota; and advance education, excellence, and racial equity in the pursuit of justice.